To set the stage and the players:
My daughter works full time and has her own home. She also has the smartest, prettiest, brightest, most exquisite child in the world. (Do I sound like a grandparent yet?)
She struggles, as do most of us these days. We help her as much as we can but she is one of those people who rarely asks for help and would just as soon do without as to burden anyone with a request for monetary assistance. (Yes, yes – I did a fine job, thank you very much)
She went to pay her water bill shortly after Christmas. She was using her last bit of money to pay it, that’s what you are supposed to do, right? She went in to the water company to pay her bill and was told she had a zero balance. She argued with them. She insisted that the cashier take the money because she knew she had not yet paid her water bill. The water department worker said to let her check something. She pulled up my daughter’s account and told her that her bill had indeed been paid on December 21st with a credit card. That is all – no name or any other information.
My daughter called me and was crying. She said “Momma, what do I do? I don’t know who to thank. Why would someone do that?” I told my daughter the following: “There are special angels everywhere. Sometimes people do things just to be nice, for no other reason. You need to say a prayer and be thankful and when you can, pay it forward. Do something for someone if for no other reason than to be nice.” She said, “But I still don’t know who to thank, Momma. I have to say thank you!” I told her to put “thank you” on facebook because I think I know who the angel was. You kind of know who loves your child and knows how hard she works to make it.
She questioned me about who it could be. As I explained to her, it doesn’t matter who it was. Apparently the person who paid her bill did not do it to seek recognition or praise or something in return. It was simply an act of kindness. It worries me that an act of kindness has her stressed out so much. What has the society come to that my child cannot accept a kind act without questioning it? It is sad to me.
That, my friends, is the story of the angel who hit the water department. My wish is that this gives you a reason to ponder what you do each day to make the difference in someone’s life. Remember that kindness does not have to come in the form of money. A sincere smile can sometimes make a strong impact on someone’s day. The state of the world can be alarming and each of us has worries.
The first step towards a better world, society, state, county, or town is kindness towards each other. I hope this encourages you to reach out and touch a life.